Great Acts a Global Cause, and a Technological Twist
by: Abernathy Miller
September 22, 2012
Partying for a good cause is always a good reason to party… Not that we need a reason.
The Black Keys, Band of Horses, K’naan, Neil Young and the Foo Fighters will hit the stage in iconic at the Global Festival in Central Park to support of the Global Poverty Project on Sept. 29.
Goldenvoice/AEG, the team behind Coachella paired up with the Global Poverty Project to make an impact. The Sept. 29 date is no coincidence. On that day, the United Nations General Assembly is slated to discuss worldwide poverty, Rolling Stone reports.
The organizers really want to get the public involved in the issues, which is part of the reason for using Central Park’s Great Lawn. As a public space, tickets have to be free and dispersed by lottery. To get people involved, the Global Poverty Project created an app-based platform called Global Citizen, where would-be concert goers can will get put into the lottery for the coveted tickets by involving themselves in the cause. Donating, and learning more about the causes are ways to get entered into the lottery.
So, how are event organizers going to fund an event of this magnitude and fight global poverty without going broke themselves? Everybody’s favorite nerd is picking up the check. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, along with Sumner Redstone Charity Foundation, Rotary International and UNICEF are footing the bill.
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